Petition watch

A couple of petitions to the Government that people who read this might be interested in signing:

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Nov 15th elections : My vote was a “No” vote – I plugged this a lot during the week on social media, and it’s a very good way of making clear that people object to the concept of police commissioners, and the low turnout last week wasn’t just apathy.
Add legally binding ‘Reopen nominations (RON)’ & ‘Leave position vacant’ options to all ballot papers – It would be an interesting addition to voting, and give people who don’t like any of the candidates an option to choose beyond spoiling or abstaining. Personally, I’d go for None Of The Above, rather than Re-Open Nominations. From personal experience running elections at Essex SU, many people didn’t understand ‘re=open nominations’, but ‘none of the above’ makes a lot more sense to people.

And an old petition that you can still sign and I think deserves support: put Alan Turing on the £10 note.

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Time was when you knew exactly what the parties’ positions on secret courts would be – Labour would look to expand it as far as possible while rebranding them as ‘community courts’, the Tories would insist that private companies could manage secrecy better than the Government ever could and Liberal Democrats would be against it.

As the vote at Conference a couple of weeks ago showed, the vast majority of Liberal Democrats remain opposed to any proposals for secret courts, but there are some within Parliament who’ve let themselves go native and listen to the securocratss demands for more power.

To continue the campaign against secret courts on from Conference, a petition has been organised to keep up the pressure on Parliamentarians to vote down the relevant sections of the Justice and Security Bill.

In line with the clear and overwhelming decision of conference, we the undersigned members of the Liberal Democrats reaffirm our opposition to secret courts and our commitment to the rule of law, open justice, the holding of government to account, the right to a fair trial and the protection of civil liberties. We therefore call upon our ministers and parliamentarians to:

  • withdraw or vote down Part II of the Justice and Security Bill and
  • put the current “Public Interest Immunity Certificate” scheme on a statutory footing.
  • You can sign the petition here.

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